Don't slap yourself on the face, China tells India
India has slapped its own face, China said while commenting on the road near Pangong Lake in Ladakh. The decision to build the road will only worsen the situation at Doklam China also said.
The western sector of the boundary where India plans to build a road is not "delimited". It warned that the move was not "conducive" to peace in the region.
India's Home Ministry has reportedly approved the building of a road from Marsimik La to Hot Spring in Ladakh. Marsimik La is about 20 km from Pangong Lake, where Indian and Chinese troops scuffled last week.
India and China have a dispute over the Line of Actual Control in the western sector of Ladakh.
"It seems that the Indian side is slapping its own face," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said reacting to the development. "The Indian side is closely following China's road building, but India's action itself has proven that the Indian side says something and does another," she added.
"Its words are complete contradictions to its deeds on the border issues," she added.
"Now, the current road construction in that area by the Indian side is not conducive to peace and stability in that area."
"It will not help with settlement of the current situation," Hua also said.
"I should stress that the western section of the China-India boundary has not been delimited and the two sides have agreed to uphold peace and tranquillity before the disputes are settled," Hua said.